Track your friends on mobile with Google Maps

By February 4, 2009Google, Mobile, Privacy, WAYN

The blogosphere is awash with talk of Google Latitude, their new service that allows friends to see each other’s location on Google maps on their mobiles.  The screenshot below says it all.

I think this service will be a big deal.  After all the hoo-ha about privacy and nervousness about how people will use it dies down everyone will come to see that a service like this has real utility.  New behavioural protocols will be required, and that will be uncomfortable to start with, but people will get over this, they always do.  Look at telephones, mobiles, Facebook and now Twitter.

It doesn’t look like it has an API though.  I hope one is coming as this would be a great tool for social networks like WAYN.

  • olegp
  • Exactly!

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  • Nick, imagine if you could get your customer to download/share an instance through an email link? (i.e. I send you “this link” as part of a delivery confirmation process, or a meeting confirmation process?). I now, for the duration of this interaction, KNOW where you are, and probably how likely we are in any point in time, to complete said process successfully.

  • Adrian Cuthbert

    Nic,

    not sure if this is correct, but this is the first Google service (excluding Orkut) that I can think of that authenticates a friendship relationship between you and your contacts, i.e. builds a social graph, and gives you access to their profiles, or at least a picture and status line. Services like Picasa Web Albums – with their own profiles – rely on sending out custom emails.

    Maybe we won't have to maintain our Google contact lists ourselves for much longer.

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  • Adrian Cuthbert

    Nic,

    not sure if this is correct, but this is the first Google service (excluding Orkut) that I can think of that authenticates a friendship relationship between you and your contacts, i.e. builds a social graph, and gives you access to their profiles, or at least a picture and status line. Services like Picasa Web Albums – with their own profiles – rely on sending out custom emails.

    Maybe we won't have to maintain our Google contact lists ourselves for much longer.

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